SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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Undergraduate Curriculum

The undergraduate curriculum at the Department of Child Development and Family Studies offers various courses regarding human development and family issues across the entire lifespan. Our courses are balanced in theory and practice, and students can acquire various types of certificates in the areas of childcare, family services, and child counseling.
Every year, we select two students to be certified as teachers of domestic science in middle schools.

Undergraduate Curriculum
Basic Courses
Human Development and the Family
Advanced Courses
Child Development Track Family Studies Track
Infant Development
Child Development
Introduction to Early Childhood Educare
Curricular Activities in Early Childhood Educare
Theory on Caring and Teachers for Young Children
Health and Safety Education for Young Children
Children’s Language Development and Guidance
Practices of Child Play
Designing and Evaluating Early Childhood Educare Programs
Child Welfare
Counseling Children
Development and Guidance of Adolescence
Theory & Practice of Educare for Infants
Korean Family- Families in Social Context
Gerontology
Aging and Family
Family Relations
Family Problems
Family Counseling
Family Life Education
Family Therapy
Family Policy
Families in Multicultural Society
Practicum in Family Studies
Common Courses
Research Methods in Child and Family Studies Independent Studies on Child and Family Studies
curriculum
Courses Explanation
Infant Development This course is designed to review development during the first three years of life, including biological, physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of early development.
Child Development This course overviews theories, research methods, and current issues about child development. Changes in biology, emotion, personality, cognition and morality from birth throughout childhood are discussed in this course.
Introduction to Early Childhood Educare This course provides an introduction of early childhood educare. Programs, staffing, scheduling, environmental design, equipment, evaluation, and financing of early child care are included. To understand the potential benefits and problems associated with early child care. it also covers recent findings of early child care. Through this course, students can learn major insights into how the type, amount, and quality of child care interact with child’s nurturing experiences, socioeconomic variables, and other child and family factors to influence individual trajectories.
Curricular Activities in Early Childhood Educare Overview of planning, implementing and evaluating child- centered curriculums, including learning processes, instructional planning, cooperation with parents, and physical and interpersonal environments in early childhood settings. Explore dynamics of curriculum development for young children. It also covers various educare needs of contemporary Korean families found in the process of social changes.
Research Methods in Child and Family Studies The basic research design methods employed in child & family studies are examined. This course focuses on proposal writing, conduction pilot research project, collecting data, and interpreting & reporting research results.
Korean Family This is a basic course in studying the Korean family. Particular attention is given to Korean family value, role structure, family relationship, power structure, and personality. The class will provide students the comprehension and critiques of Korean family.
Health and Safety Education for Young Children The course is intended as opportunity for exploring characteristics, diagnosis, and prevention of the disease in infants, preschoolers and school-aged children. Students will study the effects of child nutrition and health on the physical, psychological and social development. This course also includes the role of the teachers in child care settings as well as concrete approaches, skills, health education programs to provide children with a healthy environment. And it is designed to increase understanding of potential accidents in child care settings and the prevention of accidents. It also deals with accident prevention programs for children and teachers in addition to safety management in child care environment.
Families in Social Context How family as a social institution and social group interact with macro society is the main theme of the class. Students will learn about the various ways that work, school, and community influence on the family and, in turn, are influenced by the family in Korean context.
Family Relations The class covers an introduction of contemporary family relationships based on the theories of family and Korean family studies. A review of mutual family relationship will be discussed. Changes in society and their influences on family relationship will be examined.
Practices of Child Play Developmental theory suggests that play is a primary factor in the development of intelligence, personality, competencies, sense of self, and social awareness of children. This course examines origins of play as the roots of competence in young children and related aspects of development with implication for practice. Students should engage in guided observation and field experience. Through observations and experience, students are guided in methods of supporting children’s progress through play.
Gerontology The study of the elderly and their relationships with other family members with regard to their physical, social, & environmental situations, life adjustment, and sources of assistance will be covered.
Children’s Language Development and Guidance This class aims to learn and compare major theoretical issues and researches in language acquisition of phonology, syntax, and semantics from infancy. Ways of creating optimal environment in home and child care center, and effective training methods for language development are probed. The course integrates theory and practice for caregivers to facilitate children’s communication competence. Through this course, students are guided in methods of supporting children’s language competence.
Family Life Education This class surveys a comprehensive understanding of main purpose, history, theories about the family life education. Comparison and analysis of various family life education programs and program construction techniques will be learned. Furthermore, planned work experience in one or more family life education programs will be approved in advance by an instructor.
Development and Guidance of Adolescence This class will provide an overview of adolescence developmental phrases and an understanding to qualitative, quantitative aspects in intellectual development.
Child Welfare In spite of growing awareness of children’s right for healthy growth and development, their needs for physical, emotional, educational, and therapeutic supports, which are critical for (normal) development are still not adequately met. This course defines the object of child welfare and examines practical ways, policies, and systems to fulfil it on the basis of knowledge in child welfare principles. Students will gain understanding of current state and various issues in child welfare by reviewing the present situation and problems in areas such as child abuse, adoption, child-care, children with special needs, and institutionalized care.
Family Problems This course aims to describe and understand the changing dynamics of family as a social institution. It also covers various family problems and issues found in the process of social changes Specific topics include poverty, joblessness, violence, international marriages, divorce, cohabitation, and other family disorganization. This course serves junior and senior students as the advanced seminar that builds on previous courses on family theories and practices.
Independent Studies on Child and Family Issues This class is designed to facilitate independent studies of students on various issues in child development and family studies. Students are expected to participate in the research process with initiatives and to make a presentation to the annual department research symposium. This class is based on a team project.
Aging and Family The course is designed to help students understand the characteristics of the contemporary Korean family. Comparing traditional and contemporary Korean families, students can find continuity and discontinuity in family life through the history. This course also will cover how social and economic changes impact family life and relationships, and how families develop through those social changes. There will be discussion on how Korean families will change in the future.
Theory & Practice of Educare for Infants This course reviews developmentally appropriate infant educare programs to students. Practices includes physical and social activities, lessons for language.
Theory on Caring and Teachers for Young Children This course provides an overview of theories on teacher development with specific emphasis on the ethics of teaching and caring. Students will gain in-depth understanding about the various roles as reflective and caring teachers for young children with professional knowledge and teaching pedagogy.
Research Methods in Child and Family Studies The basic research design methods employed in child & family studies are examined. This course focuses on proposal writing, conduction pilot research project, collecting data, and interpreting & reporting research results.
Family Therapy This class will provide students with clinical experiences in preparation for family therapist. Students will focus on integrating therapy skills and clinical problem-solving processes, as well as supervised counselling experience in family therapy.
Family Counseling In this course, students will examine the various psychological problems among the family members. Students will exercise the counselling skills, according to the practical issues.
Designing and Evaluating Early Childhood Educare Programs This course deals with the study of analysis of major educare programs to promote children’s developmental needs. For this purpose, it explores historical background, basic premises, main characteristics, curriculum, practice of educare programs, and evaluate the recent outcomes, major issues and trends. Through the evaluation, it will be covered that how to relate the knowledge of child development to the development of effective child educare programs.
Practicum in Family Studies This course provides a practicum opportunity for students with child development and family studies concentration. Students are expected to participate in various programs and services in family-related service providers and institutes such as Healthy Family Support Center. Through intensive training and observations, students can learn how to link the field and academics and build qualification for the professionals. The course is offered in the fall semester with an intensive practicum and supervision during the summer break.
Counseling Children With changes in child rearing environment, the need for counseling children is increasing as well. The course provides an overview of theories, methods and current practices of counseling children used to deal with various problems in childhood development. Major theories in counseling children such as psychoanalytic counseling, person-centered counseling, and behavioral therapy are discussed, as well as other adaptive techniques such as play therapy, art therapy, and biblio-therapy which work especially well with children. A review of the procedure and of the role of counselor in counseling children will familiarize students with relevant information and skills required of professionals working with children.
Family Policy This course is designed to introduce domestic and foreign public policies about families. Built on the coursework on the general process of policy making, implementation, and evaluation, this course teaches the process of family policymaking at the various levels of governments. By examining the historical development of family policy, we understand the uniqueness of family policy in Korea. Throughout the course, students are expected to discuss on the role of those who major Family Studies in public policy areas.
Families in Multicultural Society This course is designed to improve students’ understanding about various types of multicultural families in South Korea and their adaptation. The course will begin by laying a theoretical foundation for understanding their unique situations, followed by taking a close look at the experiences of marriage migrant women, marital and parent-child relationships within families and tasks that family members face as they try to adapt. Issues related to other types of families, such as labor migrant families and North Korean refugee families, will also be discussed. Existing policy and programs will be reviewed. As a course project, students are required to develop a multimedia resource for families of their interest.

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